The Oculus Rift S is a virtual realty headset with controllers that allows users full immersion in a virtual realm. VR headsets are no longer just gaming tools, they are used in the forefront of computer design, simulation, expanded media entertainment and user experiences. The Rift S is available for use in the lab and must be reserved under equipment reservation.

Faculty may check this instrument out of the lab for research and classroom purposes. Please be advised there are minimum software and hardware requirements when using your own computer.

Software and Hardware Requirements

Component Recommended Specs Minimum Specs
Processor Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM 8GB+ RAM
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10
USB Ports 1x USB 3.0 ports 1x USB 3.0 port
Video Output Compatible DisplayPort video output Compatible miniDisplayPort video output (miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter included with Rift S)

Software, Links and Tutorials

Medium – A modeling program that allows users a traditional method of sculpting by manipulating digital clay.


Quill – A video and illustration software that allows user to create interactive animations and images.


Gravity Sketch VR – A modeling program focusing on industrial design and has tools more common to computer aided drawing software.